Canyonlands National Park

Day 3

After reading a little about the park. There are no services. Only thing available is the Visitors Center. We packed a lunch and topped off our gas and away we went. The park is about 45 minutes from where we are staying. It was a beautiful drive with lots of pretty scenery. Once we arrived we checked in the visitors center and I was able to get another stamp for my passport book. Looked around and started exploring.

Our first stop was the Whale Rock. It was a short hike to the top.

This park is also huge. Lots of hikes to do but we were limited on what we could do because we had Nova. So we mostly did the pull off and overviews. Even with that it’s still beautiful.

Green River Overlook
Buck Canyon Overlook
Grand View Overlook
Grand View
Our Lunch View

There is over a 100 miles of biking, off road riding in the Canyon.

Another great day. We headed back to camp and when we got there the wind was so strong. Our camper was rockin all over. The wind lasted for a while. Then all at once it stopped. The weather on this trip so far has been very different for us.

Well our time is up here in Moab and we had another great visit. We move to Yuba State Park for a few days before mo ing West again.

Arches National Park and Moab Exploring

May 14-18, 2019

Moab KOA

Moab, Utah

Before we left Capitol Reef we stopped in at the visitors center. I couldn’t get any service on my phone and wasnt quite sure which direction we needed to go. The Ranger was very helpful and gave me a map to follow. A map, its amazing how much we rely on technology. Again the roads seem like they go to no where and gas station a very limited.

Just us and the highway

Our drive was about 2 1/2 hours and we had no idea Moab, Utah was such a happening place. We went from being the only ones on the road to cars and buggies everywhere.

We made it to our campground and got all set up and off we went to explore the downtown area and see where everything is.

Our campsite

The next morning Louie and I got up early and headed to the Arches trying to beat the crowds. We had a wonderful time at the Arches and hiked about 8 miles or more and still didnt get to see all the Arches at the park.

Park Avenue Trail
Windows Trail
The top of Window Arch
Broken Arch

Sand Dune Arch
Double Arch
Landscape Arch

After this trail it was getting late in the day and the crowds were still pouring in. We needed to get back to Nova and we were tired. 😊

After spending some time with Nova and feeding her we went into town at Pasta Jay’s to have dinner. We usually dont eat Italian out and we decided to give it a try and it was so delicious. Plenty to eat and plenty of left overs for another meal.

Day 2 – We decided to do something where we could take Nova with us after leaving her all day yesterday. So after breakfast we headed out to see what we can find. We started out walking the bike trail a little bit.

Bike trail over the Colorado River
Nova played a little bit

While we were walking we noticed a lot of people pulling over across the street from us and getting water jugs out. So after our walk we went back to the truck and drove to the spot. Louie climb down to see what was under there and it was a spring and we filled a couple of water bottles with the water and surprisingly it was pretty good.

Spring coming thru the rocks

After we left from filling our water bottles we headed to Corona Arch Trailhead. We met some folks while we were at the river and they told us about it. So off we go. On the way there we see people rock climbing so we stopped for a little bit to watch.

Rock climbing

We found the trail and started our hike.

Up we go
Crossing over the tracks

We almost made it to the end then we realized we had to climb up a ladder well that’s not going to work for Nova. So I volunteered to stay with her while Louie went. 😉 I could see the Aches from where I was so all was good.

The climb up

We headed back after another great hike.

Tomorrow we head to Canyonland National Park for Day 3 adventures.

Capitol Reef National Park

Fruita Campground

Torry Utah

May 13-14, 2019

After leaving Bryce Canyon our next stop is Capital Reef National Park. It is only 118 miles from Bryce Canyon which is about 2 and 1/2 hours. Doesn’t seem to bad of a drive. But for some reason the GPS takes us on these long and lonely roads which makes the drive seem so much longer.

Just us on the road

As we keep driving we realize just how beautiful Utah is. We finally come to a little town and we fueled up again and decided we better get some groceries as our last groceries stop was a very little store. It’s been a while since we’ve seen a Walmart. Lol

We get to Capitol Reef NP Visitors Center and ask about checking into our site and the ranger pointed us to the direction we needed to go. We are only here for 1 night and again wishing it were longer. The campground is so beautiful but it’s with no hook ups and this would be a first for us. The weather was perfect for the evening and we managed just fine without having to use the generator.

Our site

With only one night here we jumped in the truck and started exploring. The campground got its name from the pioneer community of Fruita, settled in 1880.

Early settlers planted the orchards as a cash crop and for subsistence. No more than 10 families lived in Fruita at any one time, and the last resident moved away 1969. Today, the orchards are preserved and protected as a part of the Fruita Rural Historic Landscape listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The orchards contain approximately 3100 trees, including cherry, apricot, peach, pear, apple, plum, mulberry, almond and walnut. The National Park now maintains the orchards year round.

Unfortunately we didnt get to pick any fruit because they were not ready. When harvest is ready you can consume ripe fruit while in the orchards.

We took a scenic drive of 8 miles just outside of the campground. This drive offers breathtaking views. It took us a little over two hours to do this. During the drive there are nice pull offs and hiking trails but we didnt have time to take any hikes this trip.

Spot for hikers to park
Capitol Gorge

We had a beautiful scenic drive thru the Gorge that brought us to the bottom that once was a river. You just never know what you will find.

Visitors in the campground

We are truly bless to be able to see such beautiful places. Even though we were only here for one night we were able to see so much and to enjoy the beauty of this park.

We move on to Moab Utah next to see the Arches National Park and the Canyonlands National Park.

Bryce Canyon National Park and Red Canyon Recreation Area

Ruby’s Inn RV Park

Bryce Canyon City, Utah

May 10-13, 2019

We left Zion National Park and headed to Bryce Canyon City. It was such a beautiful drive for most of the way. One thing for sure about our travels in Utah you’d better have plenty of gas and make sure your refrigerator is full. As in our case we were running pretty low in groceries.

All by ourselves
Gas stop

We noticed as we kept driving that the temperature was getting colder and it was pretty wet from an earlier rain. When we stopped to fuel up which seem like the only place in a long while I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. Is that really snow on the roof. Yes it sure was. I could tell Louie wasnt as happy about it as I was but I silently smiled that maybe we would get to see snow again.

Our campsite

We made it to our campsite and set up camp and it was still early enough we decided to go ahead and head to Bryce Canyon NP as we were only a mile away. When we arrived we could tell it had snowed earlier that morning. Snow was still on the ground and for this Florida girl I just loved seeing it.

We took a short hike around one of the rims and called it a day.

One of the overlooks

The next day we decided to venture out of the park so we could take Nova with us on a hike as national parks are not pet friendly on the trails. We passed Red Canyon on our way to Bryce Canyon so we headed to the visitors center to see what trails were there. The volunteer told us right behind the visitors center was a nice trail and we could take Nova. So off we went.

After we left this trail we went to the Tunnel trail across the street this was another nice hike for us.

Up and up we go. Our truck
One tunnel
From the top of the trail.

We had a lot of fun hiking today and Nova did to. We headed back to the camper and rested for a bit and went to dinner at Pine Steak house.

After dinner walk

The next day we went back to Bryce Canyon to do some more exploring. This park is just amazing.

Ponderosa View

After seeing as much as we could see with Nova with us we decided we wanted to hike down in the canyon so we took Nova back to the camper and headed back to the park. So glad we did this hike. It gave us a whole different feel for the beauty this park has to offer.

Down we go
Hike of Hoodoo Queen of Garden

We finished our hike that was almost 3 miles and descend 320 feet. It kicked my butt but it was so much fun. It’s time to head back to the camper.

As we were leaving we got to see the Utah Ferry dog.

We head to Capitol Reef National Park next. So follow along.

Zion National Park

May 7-10, 2019

Watchman Campground, Springdale Utah

Before we head to Zion we need to stop and get new shoes for our camper. So we were up early and wanted to be there when they opened at 8:00. We get there just a little before 8:00 and about 8:15 no one was around. Umm we were wondering what was going on and then another customer came up about 15 minutes later and told us that the city of Page was on Pacific Time and not Mountain Time so we actually were an hour earlier. Once the shop open they started right away putting new tires on our camper. Those guys were super fast.

Big O tires, Page AZ
New shoes

We thanked everyone for getting us in and out and off we went. Started back on 89 north and about 10 miles in our truck started making a chime noise it was “what now”. We had something wrong with our tire on the truck now. So we pull over and Louie gets out the air compressor and trys to air up the tire. Nope the value stem was bad. We call Big O tires and he said come on back and he will fit us in.

Getting a new Valve Stem

Again these guys really hustle to get us on the road. I cant say enough about the service we received from Big O Tires even though our wallet is a little less now. Off to Utah

Our drive was so beautiful. The terrain kept changing. Simply amazing.

We made it to Zion National Park in the early afternoon and when we pulled up to the ranger station to show him our Pass he informs us that we have to pay an additional 15.00 for a tunnel pass. A tunnel pass I asked him? Yes there are actually 2 tunnels on the way to the campground and one of them a ranger has to stop traffic so we can go thru. OK then off we go. You can only imagine what Louie was thinking. I was thinking he is going to kill me. LOL but all was good and we made it thru.

1st tunnel
2nd tunnel

The tunnels were constructed in 1930. The 2nd tunnel is 1.1 miles long. It was pretty cool going thru it.

Our campsite

After we leave the ranger station and travel thru 2 tunnels and 12 miles later we have one more ranger station to stop at and check in. They tell us were we can fill our tanks for fresh water. I asked oh there’s no water at the site and he said no ma’am. Umm OK… I guess I didnt research this park enough. We filled our tank with water and headed to our site. After we set up camp we head out to see if we can find a gas station as we are in the middle of nowhere thinking we had to go back the way we came in. But luckily on the other entrance which was only a mile away there was a very small town and they had a gas station. We filled up and headed back to the park to explore.

Zion National Park is simply amazing. They have lots of places to hike, although we only did a short one there were more to do. Some were closed due to to much rain and flooding. Again Zion is a very busy place and we found that if you go early in the morning or late in the afternoon you can enjoy yourself without the crowds. We did manage to go for a bike ride to town from the campground and had lunch.

Well our time is up here at Zion and we had a great time here. This is a beautiful place with amazing views every where.

Thanks for following along as we head to Bryce Canyon next.

Glenn Canyon National Recreation Area

Lake Powell

May 5-7, 2019

Wahweap Campground, Page AZ

Our site

We left the Grand Canyon and headed north on 64 which followed the south rim of the Grand Canyon. We continue until we got on 89. We were probably on 89 for 30 minutes or so when Louie said something dont feel right and we both knew what it was. Louie quickly pulled over and yep we had a flat tire on the trailer in the middle of no where. Luckily only one tire blew and we didnt have any damage to the trailer. After we changed the tire and put everything away we were back on the road. A little nervous we were as we didnt have another spare and still had an hour or so of driving to go. We made it safe and sound to our next spot. We set up camp and drove into town to see about getting new shoes for our camper. We found one tire dealer in Page and he just so happens to have tires that will fit our camper. We made an appointment for 2 days later when we planned to leave and head to Zion. Now we feel much better, so now we can explore the Glen Canyon. It is so beautiful here and wishing we had more time here.

Off to check out the water at Lake Powell
Lake Powell swimming area

The next day a friend of ours told us to check out Horseshoe bend. So off we go. Again we encountered more bus loads of tourists. Ugh, oh well I guess they want to see the same thing as us.

Trail going to Horseshoe Bend
Our family photo.

It was a pretty warm day and the hike to and from Horseshoe Bend was quite a trip. I think Nova was a hit with her shoes that we had many visitors wanting to take pictures. LOL

After we left Horseshoe Bend we went to the visitors center and the dam.

Bridge going over the dam

Again wishing we had more time here to expore but we dont and that will give us another reason to come back. It’s so beautiful here.

In the morning we get our new shoes for our camper and off to Zion National Park.

Thanks for following along.

Grand Canyon National Park

May 2-5, 2019

Trailer Village RV Park

The Grand Canyon is a first for Louie and I and all we can say its amazing. The first day we arrived we set up camp and headed to the canyon. At first we were simply overwhelmed especially with the crowds. Bus load after bus load of folks that didnt care if you were standing right there they would just stand right beside you and take pictures. After about an hour of too many people we decided we would try again in the morning and hopefully beat the crowds. But our first impression was WOW…

Our site

The next morning we set out to see the Canyon and yes it was much better. We started out at Mather Point and went right towards Desert View. It was a nice walk and no crowds.

After walking about 2 hours we started noticing that Nova was peeing alot and had a little blood in her urine and it alarmed us so we cut out hike short and decided to take her to the vet and see what’s going on. After getting back to our campsite and called around to see what/where the closest vet was. We were off to Flagstaff about 90 minutes away. We arrived at Canyon Animal Hospital and all I can say is everyone especially Kelly was so nice and caring. They made us feel like this was Nova Vet office. Anyway after checking her out and running a few tests it looks like Nova has a UTILITARIAN Track Infection. So with meds in hand we head back to the Grand Canyon.

We had company when we got back from the vet

The next day we decided to leave Nova resting and we decided to go hike the “Journey Through Time”

The canyon walls reach about 5000 feet below the rim to the river. The thickness of all Grand Canyon rocks, if present in one spot, would total more than 15,000 feet. Some rock units, however, appear only in some parts of the canyon. The strata of the Grand Canyon do not present a continuous record of the Earth’s history. Some rock layers were deposited on top, producing unconformities, millions of years of missing time, unknown geological stories.

Each rock layer represents a period when a particular environment of deposition prevailed.

On our final day we wanted to to see Hermits rest and Bright Angel Trailhead. Nova was feeling better so we took her with us. We couldn’t do the whole trail as dogs were not allowed pass a certain point. Maybe another time.

Off we go…

Our time is up here at the Grand Canyon and we did have an amazing time here despite Nova having to go to the vet but that’s part of our journey when you have pets that travel with you.

We move on to Lake Powell next. Thanks for following us.

Flagstaff, Arizona

April 29 – May 2

Arizona – another new state for us

We arrived at our campground Black Barts RV and it’s nothing to write about. We decided that the location was good for us to do the things we wanted to do.

Our first full day we checked out Route 66 Historic downtown. This is what we have been expecting for the whole Route 66 Sega. This experience of Route 66 was cool. We enjoyed walking around and browsing thru the shops and looking at the old buildings and signs. The town of Flagstaff is very pet friendly and we were able to take Nova into all the shops.

Visitors Center

After visiting the Historic Rt 66 we drove around checking out Flagstaff. I thought you could drive up to Humphrey Mountain so I plug in Humphrey Mountain into the GPS and off we go. Well the drive there was so pretty and then we turn on this dirt/gravel road and were like OK, did something like this in Maine before. We kept driving and thought this cant be right so we decided to turn around. Maybe it wasnt such a great idea after all. Only to find out the next day you can only get to the top by hiking. Well that wasnt going to happen for us at least not this trip.

Trying to get up to Humphrey Mountain

Humphrey Mountain

So with Humphrey Mountain out we decided to go to the Snow Bowl.

The drive up we spotted some dear

The further up we went the colder it got

We did find some snow and Nova got to play again.

We finished playing as the temps were 40 degrees and we were cold. So we headed back to the camper and enjoyed the rest of the evening being warm.

May 1st we headed to Sedona, Arizona. All I can say is Wow. Such a beautiful place.

Downtown Sedona

Our lunch at Cowboys

The roads going down

We had a fabulous time and if we ever come back to Sadona we would definitely do some hiking. We have enjoyed our time in Flagstaff and super excited about our next move as we finally get to the Grand Canyon. So follow along and see what happens next.

New Mexico

April 27-29

After Amarillo, Texas we headed west again on I-40 and a few miles in we came across Cadillac Ranch and we took the next exit and turned around to see it up close. We didn’t have a spray can to add our names but that was OK with us.

Cadillac Ranch

We continued our journey west heading to New Mexico as another new state for us.

Crossing the border to New Mexico

We made it to American RV campground just off the Interstate.

After being here just a short while we noticed or should I say Nova noticed that there were stickers/thorns everywhere. I felt so sorry for her. She didn’t want to come out of the camper at all. So off to the store to get her some shoes for her feet. Sorry no pictures but Louie did get a video and I tell you what it’s like she knew what they were for. LoL

Afterwards we went for a drive looking for Route 66 stops but really didn’t find anything. I looked up for things to do in the area a found that there was a scenic byway so we headed there. So happy that we did.

One of the pull offs

At this trailhead we planned to do a little hike but we found some snow

Play, I get to play

Nova was loving the snow

10678 elevations

Just another view from the top.

The snow was still pretty high here.

We had a pretty good time in New Mexico other than Nova having to deal with the stickers.

Follow along as we head to Flagstaff, Arizona.

Palo Duro Canyon, Texas

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (April 22- 23)

Palo Duro Canyon State Park, Texas (April 24-26)

Big Texan RV Ranch, Amarillo, Texas (April 26)

Oklahoma City was just a stop over for one night but due to rain again we left Lake Catherine a day earlier than planned and stayed for 2 nights. We wanted to see the Route 66 route in the area so off we went. One thing for sure its nothing like I envisioned it would be.

Route 66

The Round Barn

This was a really cool place probably the most favorite thing we seen.

Pops on Route 66

The smallest Groceries store. Oh and it was almost 20 miles away in a totally different place. But we finally found it.

So after a couple of days in Oklahoma City we moved on to Amarillo, Texas and headed to Palo Duro State Park, Texas. When I made reservations for this campground I could only get 2 nights for the time frame we wanted to be in the area. If ever in the area again we would stay a little longer. The views were just amazing! The only down side was no cellphone service but it was nice to just unplugged for a couple of days.

The drive down. 8 miles down the canyon from the checkin point.

Our site 87

We took a hike to the lighthouse.

Every where the views were amazing

Just over 6 miles in we are at the lighthouse.

Louie taking Nova for a hike the day we left

We wanted to try the Big Texan Steakhouse and when I made reservations at Palo Duro I figured we would just drive over for dinner but after the long drive to get there from the interstate we decided we would stay in town at the Big Texan RV park and take the limousine over to the Steakhouse since it was free. Well the ride was nice but our driver wasnt anything special and actually he was every bit boring and very disappointed in the whole experience especially after we seen other drivers with there guests being picked up. Oh well… we made the best of it.

I had to ask the driver to take our picture. Then after he climbed out of the car I could see why he didn’t want to get out of the car. 🙄
All the food you would have to eat to get it free.

Cooking the Steaks.

Our time is up in Amarillo and we are heading further west to Albuquerque, New Mexico so follow along and what we find along the way.